CLOSED: Play Worker



Are you passionate about seeing the needs of children and young people prioritised? Do you believe they are a valuable part of our community? The Southmead Adventure Playground (The Ranch) is a well-loved local site and provides valued activities throughout the year for children, young people, and families in Southmead. Based on their emerging strengths and needs, you will help to prepare and lead sessions in an engaging way and be able to respond proactively to what emerges. You will also ensure everyone has a safe and fun visit to our sessions. 


Southmead Development Trust is one of Bristol’s leading, independent, community led organisations. We are a multi-purpose charity providing much needed services for all ages and ethnicities to achieve a thriving community and improve health, wellbeing, local pride, and employment. Our two sites (Greenway Centre and Southmead Adventure Playground) are much-loved local venues that provide inspiring spaces for a wide variety of experiences, including sporting events, local groups, festivals and much more. 


  • Confident to support play sessions and run activities. 
  • Be able to introduce and support a broad range of initiatives and activities which create a varied, stimulating, and rich play environment. 
  • Experience in responding to a range of play types and cues, experiences, and behaviours. 
  • Experience of following safeguarding procedures and providing a safe space for children and young people. 
  • Passionate about providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. 
  • Able to work collaboratively and flexibly with the team and partners to ensure delivery of sessions and safety of our sites. 
  • Embody our values of: Positivity – Integrity – Excellence – Welcoming – Entrepreneurial. 


Location: Based at Southmead Adventure Playground, and Greenway Centre, Bristol, BS10

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £23,699 (12.32ph) – £26,282 (13.66ph) per year pro rata (depending on experience and qualifications)

Hours: 9 – 14 hours per week. Up to 20 during holiday periods (Easter, Summer, Winter, and Half Term breaks) Usual delivery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday Sessions Biweekly (4hrs). Overtime Hours Paid.

Holiday & benefits: 33 days annual leave pro rata (inclusive of Bank Holidays), occupational pension, free membership to Greenway Gym and classes.

How to apply: click HERE

Deadline: 09:00am Thursday 11th April 2024, with interviews the following week.

Contact: To arrange a chat, email:, tel: 07951 826 550


Go to the Person Specification HERE

Read more about working with us, HERE

Read all about our Youth & Play work HERE